The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem

Topreserve rare animals and species threatened with extinction. Prominently featured in the collection are animals from the Land of Israel, with special emphasis on those species mentioned in the Bible. To develop and conduct educational activities and outreach programs that will cultivate and nurture the values of nature conservation and wildlife protection among the general public; to enhance public awareness of environmental issues and encourage a love of animals. To create a rich and diversified recreational atmosphere in beautiful surroundings, which subtly promote an appreciation of nature and of the environment. To conduct research that involves the preservation, breeding, ...
Jun 30, 2014

There's a whole lot of quacking going on!

35 adorable ducklings have hatched at the Zoo!
35 adorable ducklings have hatched at the Zoo!

Great news – we’ve had a whole lot of success this year with the Diving Duck conservation program:

  • 35 ducklings have hatched so far this year in the National Egg Incubation Center situated right here at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo!
  • As part of the pilot release program, 9 ducks were released into the Zoo’s central lake – an open air body of water from where the ducks can fly away if they wish. Unsurprisingly, they chose to stay (who wouldn’t, it’s awesome here at the Zoo!) and are still keeping our cormorants, swans, mallards, pelicans and cranes company.
  • 17 Diving Ducks have been released into the Hula Valley Nature Reserve – a swathe of wetlands in the north of Israel that serves as a haven for millions of migrating birds every year. Israel Nature and Parks Authority rangers have reported back to us on sightings and they all appear to be doing very well.
  • Closer to Jerusalem, 6 ducks have been released in the Tsor’a Valley.

That’s 32 Diving Ducks returned to the wild in 2014 - we’re simply wild with excitement!

The remaining breeding core reside in our Marsh Aviary Exhibit and we are hopeful that they will continue to produce more adorable ducklings so that we can continue to bring these beautiful and important birds back to Israel’s aquatic habitats.

Thank you all so much for being a part of this project’s success. A significant part of that success will belong to people like you, who believed in this cause from the beginning.

Warm Regards,

The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo Team

A Diving Duck in the Zoo
A Diving Duck in the Zoo's Marsh Aviary
A duck monitored by INPA rangers in Hula Reserve
A duck monitored by INPA rangers in Hula Reserve
Staff members releasing ducks in the Tsor
Staff members releasing ducks in the Tsor'a Valley
The Tsor
The Tsor'a Valley
Diving Ducks flying to freedom in Tsor
Diving Ducks flying to freedom in Tsor'a Valley

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Jun 25, 2014

Summer News from Sea Israel

The large Red Sea tank taking shape
The large Red Sea tank taking shape

Hello Sea Israel Supporters!

It’s time to give you some more news about the progress being made on the Sea Israel Aquarium at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo.

Support

Because of you, our campaign has passed the $10,500 mark – thank you all so much!

Construction

Construction is proceeding according to schedule and the building’s basement has been completed, walls are going up daily and the large tanks are starting to take shape.

In addition, more olive trees have been transplanted to the Aquarium grounds to get a head start on the beautiful green space that will surround the facility when it opens.

The Aquarium will continue the Biblical Zoo’s deep commitment to green standards and sustainability in its approach to construction, maintenance and operation. Natural topography allows the building to be built into the south-facing mountain side, which improves insulation and will cut down energy consumption. This will be enhanced further by the installation of a green roof covered with vegetation to absorb rainwater, provide insulation, create a habitat for wildlife, and lower the urban air temperature. As a trial run for the much larger green roof that will cover the Aquarium building, we have constructed a green roof on the rhino house in our African exhibit.

Education Programming Update

The summer school vacation begins on July 1st and we plan to run the marine education information station at the Wet Side Story exhibit every day for the duration of the school break rather than only on week-ends. Our summer camp syllabus will also contain aquatic habitat education items.

Work is almost complete on our educational website which will be unveiled at the end of the summer – stay tuned!

Going Forward

Please continue to spread the word about the Sea Israel Aquarium – Israel’s first aquarium and an essential educational tool to raise awareness of the challenges facing our aquatic habitats. We are excited to see the progress being made every day – and the best is yet to come!

Warm regards,

Nicole Wexler and the Zoo/Aquarium Team

Walls are going up!
Walls are going up!
The Green Roof on the Rhino
The Green Roof on the Rhino's house
Marine Education Station
Marine Education Station
Working on the new website
Working on the new website
Summer camp education programming example 1
Summer camp education programming example 1
Summer camp education programming example 2
Summer camp education programming example 2

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Jun 16, 2014

Planting our way to summer

New olive trees near the Noah
New olive trees near the Noah's Ark Visitor Center

Thank You!

Thanks to wonderful supporters like you, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem has raised almost $700 USD towards replacing the many trees lost in the December blizzard.

In recent months, we were able to source another 40 mature trees (mostly olive) from a public space in Jerusalem that was being cleared for development. These trees have found a new home at the Biblical Zoo – some near the Asian Elephant exhibit, some near the Living with the Wolves exhibit, and some near the Noah’s Ark Visitor Center. They are very much needed to replace the shade-providing mature trees that were lost during the blizzard.

The damage to the Zoo’s vegetation was serious and recovery will take many years unless we can purchase more mature trees to replace all of those that were lost. But, thanks to all of you, we are getting there!

Thanks so much for your generosity and support in our time of need. And if you are in the area, come and enjoy all the special summer activities at the Zoo with us!

Warm Regards,

The Biblical Zoo Team

New olive trees near the Arabian Wolves exhibit
New olive trees near the Arabian Wolves exhibit
New olive trees near the Noah
New olive trees near the Noah's Ark Visitor Center
Newspaper article about effects of the blizzard
Newspaper article about effects of the blizzard
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